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  • Second candidate announces interest to fill shoes of NDP's Alex Atamanenko   22 weeks 3 days ago

    Correction: The new riding does not include Kaslo. It does include RDCK electoral areas "H," "I," "J" and the part of "K" that is east of the Columbia River.

  • Councillor defends downtown   22 weeks 4 days ago

    Well said. Often people just prefer to stand on the side lines and throw rocks at those who participate and try to make a difference. Your comments are very much on point.

  • COMMENT: The War on the Poor   22 weeks 4 days ago

    The very notion of a "communist" threat is of course anachronistic. But while trends in conservatism like the Tea Party get plenty of media attention, there is little awareness of the sources of their thinking, which is often derived from dated literature about notions of a "communist conspiracy."

    Particularly influential is the John Birch Society (JBS), which puts up a front of being a right-wing anti-conspiracy organization, but through it's affiliate organization, Western Goals, which is run by members of the Knights of Malta, holds all kinds of bizarre associations with the World Anti-Communist League (WACL), had ties to Iran-Contra, and even the Moonies. Nevertheless, the JBS is an important influence behind the Patriot Movement, with which it shares ties with a number of white supremacist trends and neo-Nazi influences.

    Ron Paul is a prime example. Likewise, Fox News big mouth Glenn Beck also derives his outlook from leading JBS spokesman, Cleon Skousen, and his The Naked Communist, published in 1958.

    It's all part of what neoliberal scallywags like Murray Rothbard and his protege Lew Rockwell call "Outreach to rednecks."

    Great article in Salon: "Meet the man who changed Glenn Beck’s life."

  • Has Big Oil Hijacked democracy?   22 weeks 4 days ago

    Well its not quite that simple but I understand the point.

    The problem has been that when oil companies are truely nationalized they tend to fail over the long term. This is because the politicians then spend all the money made on pork barrel politics and don't reinvest in the company and it finally fails, Just look at Pemex in Mexico, which has now opened up its oil to private companies. Or the particularly severe case of this happening to the state owned company with the largest reserves in the world, Petróleos de Venezuela.

    Statoil of Norway is 67% owned by the state and the rest owned privately by the public. This mixture seems to function well for Norway, but I still think their politicians are much better at proper governence and doing what is right for the country. Our politicians seem much more focused on winning the next election than doing the right thing.

  • Has Big Oil Hijacked democracy?   22 weeks 5 days ago

    The problem in Canada is that the Government has given every natural product that rightly belongs to citizens to corporations and and allow them to bleed us of our rightful share. Why can't the resourses be nationalised and Canada have a trillion dollar bank roll like Norway. Then they have to tax us higher to get money. At least the citizens of Norway have the TRILLIONS. And our gready government make sure they sqander our tax dollars like the idiots they are.

  • Has Big Oil Hijacked democracy?   22 weeks 5 days ago

    Thanks for the article, Murray. What bothers me even more is the direct link of complaints to the Canada Revenue Agency with Harper's office. Ethical Oil, a group that has formally submitted complaints to the CRA about Tides Canada, the David Suzuki Foundation and Environmental Defence, was founded by Alykhan Velshi, who is currently the director of issues management in the Prime Minister's Office.

    See the full story at:

  • Has Big Oil Hijacked democracy?   22 weeks 5 days ago

    I think we aren't understanding one another

    there is nothing wrong with that. It's good for them. The reason gas is so high in Norway is because they tax the hell out of it and save the money. It discourages its use at home and they reap the rewards of selling it elsewhere.

    The US taxes gas less than Canada so it is cheaper there. If Canada wanted to follow Norway's thinking we should add about a dollar a litre in taxes to gasoline which would markedly decrease use at home, leaving more for sale elsewhere. We wouldn't follow the US and decrease taxes so gas is cheaper and the country uses even more. Then we would save the profits made offshore and from the higher taxes.

    Are you trying to say it costs more in Canada because the companies are ripping us off while they don't do that in the USA? Taxes are by far the major reason for the disparity.

  • Has Big Oil Hijacked democracy?   22 weeks 5 days ago

    You say; "This is because they want to discourage its use at home so they can sell it elsewhere and keep the profit for education, health care, and the future" what is wrong with that.  That is why they have so much money available for everyone in Norway and they can afford to buy gas everyone not the select few. They also reap the benefits and look to the peoples intersts instead of giving everything to corporate world of greed. Good for them- too bad for us. I notice you didn't reply to the price of gas in the USA and that they buy it from us and still sell it 30 cents a litre cheaper. Why do we continue being gouged?

  • Has Big Oil Hijacked democracy?   22 weeks 6 days ago

       Genera. The facts are all over the internet. Norway has the highest priced gas at 10 dollars a gallon. BC's carbon tax was a few pennies a gallon but there was a taxpayer revolt against it. We want cheap gas today while Norway wants education and health care forever.

  • Has Big Oil Hijacked democracy?   22 weeks 6 days ago

    I'd like to ask where Leperman's facts come from! But as for cheep gas if you were to cross into the USA you would find gas some 30 cents a litre cheeper and a hundred litre fill would be some $30.00 cheeper. POOR CANADA, they buy it from us!!!

  • Has Big Oil Hijacked democracy?   23 weeks 4 hours ago

    Part of the reason Norway has done so well is that they have the highest priced gasoline in the world. This is because they want to discourage its use at home so they can sell it elsewhere and keep the profit for education, health care, and the future.

    Canada on the other hand acts much like those in the USA. If the price goes up at all, such as BCs greenhouse gas taxes, there is almost a revolt against the government. We want our gas and we want it cheap. We aren't as smart as the Norwegians...

  • Christopher Hedges, greed, female emancipation...   23 weeks 1 day ago

    "Google now blocks access to Hedges’ columns on (try going there and see what happens…)" 

    What are you smoking, Charles? Maybe you need a better browser, although I am still using Internet Explorer 8.


  • Has Big Oil Hijacked democracy?   23 weeks 1 day ago

    Norway's Oil Fund Heads For $1 Trillion; So Where Is Alberta's Pot Of Gold?

    Why is it that Canada gives away all our national treasures to corporations instead of doing like Norway???? They belong to Canadians, when will we as a people wake up and get rid of the governments that sell us down the river. Are we so stupid that we allow this to go on? Why don't we Nationalize everything in the ground and grows on it like lumber? I for one would like some money in my pocket too.

  • COMMENT: MLA makes connections with seniors   23 weeks 3 days ago

    An excellent article, thank you! Very interesting.

    Great post, good work. It Couldn’t be wrote any better. 

  • CONTEST: February 2014 -- Sponsored by K-9 Korner Grooming   23 weeks 4 days ago
    Fingers crossed....hopefully our dog won't have to wait til Spring for a bath!
  • LETTER: Jimenez death in CBSA Vancouver - Oh Canada - a land of Prisons and pipelines   23 weeks 6 days ago

    Read Susan Delacourt's book "Shopping for Votes". It is an excellent history and analysis of how we got to where we are. If democracy is to mean anything at all in Canada's future, it will depend very much on our behaviour. Do we see ourselves as citizens, responsible and accountable to ourselves, or do we see ourselves as customers of governments, just as we are customers of Walmart (too bad for locally owned stores).


  • LETTER: Jimenez death in CBSA Vancouver - Oh Canada - a land of Prisons and pipelines   23 weeks 6 days ago

    The only ones that can ever expect  a break in this so called democracy are polititions and the corporate world what else is new. But then again who gets voted in but the parties that are financed by the corporate giants what can we expect from these mega giants and their paid off cronies? Wake up Canada and smell the corruption

  • Castlegar fired up to become Kraft Hockeyville 2014   23 weeks 6 days ago

    Castlegars Kraft Hockeyville site has been picking up momentum in the past 4 or 5 days with a decent increase in nominations but we need more, a lot more. We are not going to get a second chance at this. It's all or nothing. Just like a game of hockey or any sport for that matter. If you leave everything on the ice, then we can say we gave it our best shot and can finish with our heads held high. Not everyone can win but we can with your votes. You don't have to be a hockey player or even like the game. It's about much more then that. It's about community. It takes a community to raise a child and having places for them to play and grow is part of the puzzle. So let's get our nominations in and make them count because there are no second chances!    Castlegar is Kraft Hockeyville!

  • GF and area offer free Family Day (weekend) events   24 weeks 1 day ago

    Correction: The Grand Forks Rotary Club will be selling their kettle corn as usual. This is one of their typical fundraisers. Originally we understood it was part of the free activities and food for Family Day events. 

    Also, the golf will be held on Market Avenue. Not at the CL Golf Course. 

    The article has been updated. 

  • COMMENT: Where are all the grown-ups overseeing our health care?   24 weeks 1 day ago

    I agree with what Kyra has said. Our local governments will never agree. These decisions must be made by an unbiased outside party. This is what was done when Trail was chosen as the "temporary" regional hospital. There was no local agreement and the IHA knew that the decisions had to be made elsewhere and they were.  At that time, the IHA said they would work on the location and details of a centralized regional hospital for the West Kootenay within five years. That was twelve years ago but not a peep from the IHA. I learned not to trust the IHA brass many years ago and so it comes as no surprise that we have been lied to. Where is this promised work on a central hospital? 

    Those that have the most to lose (Trail) have no interest in discussing this issue and it is in their own self interest to keep it at a minimum. It's worked so far...

  • CONTEST: February 2014 -- Sponsored by K-9 Korner Grooming   24 weeks 2 days ago

    My dog Daisy needs a bath!

  • Midway RCMP bust grow-op in Beaverdell   24 weeks 2 days ago

    I bet the police feel super great and neat for catching a grow op. I can't wait to see what happens april 1st, when the medical marijuana program changes and everyone is forced to buy there meds from selectively licensed monopolized suppliers. What is even more funny.... is they expect all mmar card holders to destroy all there meds on march 29th with kitty litter and water. I don't think police will enforce the new law, maybe atless the mmar card holder is still growing and selling on the black market. I do expect some mmar card holders to goto jail, only if they don't get an injuction...etc
    Good luck with the pre shredded mail-order cannabis program.

  • CONTEST: May 2013 -- Sponsored by Bodhi and Soul   24 weeks 5 days ago

    Update for new readers, this contest was sponsored by an excellent restaurant that has (sadly) since closed. 

  • CONTEST: January 2014 -- Sponsored by Epicure rep. Tracy Worrall   24 weeks 5 days ago

    Eight valid comments and the number generated says .... TWO. That honour goes to the reader named "mitz." Congratulations to Mitz and thank you Tracy for sponsoring this month's contest. Check back tomorrow at 9 a.m. to see what February's contest will be. Here's a hint: it will be popular with pet owners. 

  • GF contest video rapidly gaining views   24 weeks 5 days ago

    Participants have until Feb. 7 to let Les Johnson know that they will be entering a video. Videos will be judged at the end of February. See the link in the article for more information.